A Roman carved stone panel of Mithras Tauroctonus  2nd/3rd century A.D.

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Lot 853W
A Roman carved stone panel of Mithras Tauroctonus
2nd/3rd century A.D.

Sold for US$ 109,800 inc. premium
A Roman carved stone panel of Mithras Tauroctonus
2nd/3rd century A.D.
Depicting the god in Phrygian cap looking back, grabbing the bull by the nostrils with his left hand and plunging the dagger into the bull with his right as the hound and snake drink from the wound, a scorpion attacks the bull's genitals, Cautopotes to the left holding his torch downward and Sol in the upper left corner, Cautes to the right holding his torch upward and Luna above, the scene surrounded by a border of acanthus leaves; the panel cracked in three pieces, numerous restorations and the whole mounted in concrete.
height 33 1/4in (84.5cm); length 50 1/4in (127.5cm)

Footnotes

  • The Tauroctonus would the centerpiece of a Mythraeum, one the underground temples of this mystery cult. Popular among the Roman Legions, Mithraea have been discovered in all corners of the Empire, from Syria to Britain. It is commonly thought that the iconography represents various celestial objects and events.
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